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Nov 16

F1: Vettel On Pole For United States Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel drives during qualifying for the United States Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel drives during qualifying for the United States Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

World champion Sebastian Vettel once again got the better of Red Bull teammate Mark Webber, qualifying for pole position at the U.S. Grand Prix on Saturday.

Vettel’s late surge allowed him to pip Webber. That puts the four-time world champion in the prime spot in Sunday’s race to go after a record eighth consecutive Formula One victory and a title that escaped him last year.

Nov 16

F1: Vettel Quickest Again In Third And Final Austin Practice

Sebastian Vettel prepares to drive in the third and final practice session at Circuit of The Americas. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel prepares to drive in the third and final practice session at Circuit of The Americas. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel again set the fastest time in the third and final practice session at Circuit of The Americas, leading teammate Mark Webber in a repeat performance of yesterday’s second practice.

Vettel, who will attempt to capture his eighth pole of the season later in qualifying, set a fastest time of 1:36.733 on the option tires. Webber was 0.203 seconds off the pace in second with defending race winner Lewis Hamilton down in third.

Nov 16

IndyCar: Carpenter To Share 2014 Ride With Conway

Mike Conway (pictured) will drive the road and street course races for Ed Carpenter Racing in 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

Mike Conway (pictured) will drive the road and street course races for Ed Carpenter Racing in 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

IndyCar owner/driver Ed Carpenter said Friday that he will run a partial schedule in 2014, driving six oval races and turning all road/street courses over to Mike Conway.

Carpenter, who won the pole for the Indianapolis 500 in May, finished second in the IndyCar season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., last month.

Conway won a Detroit street race in 2013 and won the Long Beach street race in 2011. The two drivers will split time in the No. 20 ECR Chevrolet/Dallara.

Nov 15

F1: Magnussen Will Improve McLaren, Says Michael

Kevin Magnussen (right) will join Jenson Button (left) at McLaren next season. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kevin Magnussen (right) will join Jenson Button (left) at McLaren next season. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sam Michael says that McLaren dropped Sergio Perez simply because it believed that Kevin Magnussen would help to improve the team – and that the opportunity of fast tracking the Dane into a race seat was too good to miss.

“You look and assess where your capabilities are, where you think you can improve and the view internally is that we could improve by going with Magnussen,” said Michael. “Checo’s doing a fantastic job at the moment considering the pressure that he’s under. He’s keeping his head level and being very professional about it. So, very commendable his approach over the recent races, and as recently as this one.

Nov 15

Formula E: Audi Backs ABT Sportsline Entry

ABT Sportsline becomes the seventh team and the only German outfit to enter the new FIA Formula E Championship. (Photo: Formula E)

ABT Sportsline becomes the seventh team and the only German outfit to enter the new FIA Formula E Championship. (Photo: Formula E)

ABT Sportsline, led by Team Principal Hans-Jürgen Abt, has today reached an agreement that will see it become the seventh team and the only German outfit to enter the new FIA Formula E Championship – competing under the banner ‘Audi Sport ABT Formula E Team’.

“We’re proud to have the opportunity to take part in the debut of this new racing series. Participating in the new FIA Formula E Championship marks a completely new chapter in our more than 60-year motorsport history,” said Hans-Jürgen Abt. “As a company that has been active in the field of regenerative powertrains and electric mobility we’re convinced of the series’ concept. It’s innovative, delivers motorsport at the highest level and a great show for fans around the world – all of which are a perfect fit for ABT Sportsline.”